Thursday, June 29, 2023

Jollibee Group, DILG Partner to Advocate for Drug-Free Workplace

“We are one with the government in the fight against illegal drugs and we laud the DILG for a holistic anti-drug war framework anchored on multi-sectoral partnership and collaboration. We in the Jollibee Group are committed to promoting a drug-free environment in our worksites and contributing to the success of the nationwide BIDA program.” ~Pepot Miñana, Jollibee Group Chief Sustainability and Public Affairs Officer
Partnership for a Drug-Free Workplace. DILG Secretary Benjamin ‘Benhur’ Abalos Jr. (left) and Jollibee Group Chief Sustainability and Public Affairs Officer Pepot Miñana share thoughts during the BIDA Program launch for the private sector held recently at the Richmonde Hotel in Eastwood, Quezon City.

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was recently signed by the Jollibee Group and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to support the Buhay Ingatan, Droga'y Ayawan (BIDA) program, which is an expanded and more comprehensive campaign against illegal drugs.

The BIDA program is DILG's medium to long haul approach in the public mission against unlawful medications, and spotlights on avoidance and wellbeing advancement, policing, well as penology, recovery, and reintegration. Partner national government agencies, law enforcement agencies, civil society organizations, and the private sector have been urged by the DILG to actively support the campaign to reduce drug supply and demand.

Under the MOU, the Jollibee Gathering, alongside other privately owned businesses and associations, will assist with supporting the execution of a medication free work environment inside the BIDA program structure.

Industry Cooperation. Jollibee Group Chief Sustainability and Public Affairs Officer Pepot Miñana (top left) signs the Memorandum of Agreement for DILG’s BIDA Program, along with several other representatives of the country’s top corporations.

A joyful, drug-free workplace

Drug testing, screening, and rehabilitation are covered by the Drug-Free Workplace Policy that is in place at the Jollibee Group. Employees are not charged for the drug testing, which complies with Department of Labor Department Order No. 53, s. 2003 or the Rules for the Execution of a Medication Free Working environment Strategies and Projects for the Confidential Area. This guarantees a sound labor force that gives cheerful encounters to customers in a medication free store.

Commitment to Drug-Free Workplace. Jollibee Group delegation during the Private Partnership Launch of DILG’s BIDA Program (L to R): Ruth Angeles, VP and Head of HR Philippines; Barry Barrientos, Director for Corporate Communications; Steve Piczon, AVP for Government Affairs; and Pepot Miñana, Chief Sustainability and Public Affairs Officer.

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) of the Jollibee Group is also available to employees and their dependents who may require counseling from trained professionals. EAP services are provided without charge and with strict confidentiality. Additionally, the company has a system for directing employees in need of rehabilitation and treatment to facilities accredited by the Department of Health (DOH).

“We are committed to intensifying our efforts to increase our employees’ level of awareness and understanding on prohibited drugs by equipping them with the necessary information and support. This is our way to contribute to DILG’s BIDA Program and to promote a drug-free work environment for all our teams and customers.” ~Ruth Angeles, Jollibee Group Vice President and Head, Human Resources Philippines

Crucial Role of Human Resources Team. Miñana introduces DILG Secretary Abalos Jr. to Ruth Angeles, Jollibee Group Vice President and Head, Human Resources Philippines (2nd from L). Angeles and her HR team will lead the intensified efforts to ensure employee awareness against prohibited drugs and a drug-free work environment in the Jollibee Group.

The Drug-Free Workplace Policy orientation is required for newly hired employees' onboarding in order to assist in raising employees' awareness of hazardous drugs. Email health bulletins are distributed, and a fact sheet is made available on the Human Resource platform of the company. Additionally, a Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) is established for each workplace and retail establishment.

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About Jollibee Group
Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC, also known as Jollibee Group) is one of the fastest-growing restaurant companies in the world. Its mission is to serve great-tasting food and bring the joy of eating to everyone through its 16 brands with over 6,500 stores across 34 countries including the Philippines, United States, Canada, the People's Republic of China, United Kingdom, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates, and Australia. 

The Jollibee Group has eight wholly owned brands (Jollibee, Chowking, Greenwich, Red Ribbon, Mang Inasal, Yonghe King, Hong Zhuang Yuan, Smashburger); four franchised brands (Burger King, Panda Express, and Yoshinoya in the Philippines, and Tim Ho Wan in certain territories in China); 80% ownership of The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf; 60% ownership in the SuperFoods Group that owns Highlands Coffee; and 51% ownership of Milksha, a popular Taiwanese bubble tea brand. 

The Jollibee Group, through its subsidiary Jollibee Worldwide Pte. Ltd. (JWPL) owns 90% participating interest in Titan Dining LP, a private equity fund that owns the Tim Ho Wan brand. The Jollibee Group has a joint venture with the THW Group to open and operate THW restaurants in Mainland China. It also has a business venture with award-winning Chef Rick Bayless for Tortazo, a Mexican fast-casual restaurant business in the United States.

The Jollibee Group has launched its global sustainability agenda dubbed Joy for Tomorrow, which aims to strengthen the company’s commitment to sustainable business practices. The agenda centers on the key pillars of Food, People, and Planet, and consists of 10 focus areas namely: food safety, food quality, nutrition & transparency, employee welfare, farmers livelihood, community support, good governance, packaging & recycling, waste reduction, and energy & water efficiency. Each focus area sets goals and initiatives that contribute and align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

The Jollibee Group was named the Philippines' most admired company by the Asian Wall Street Journal for ten years. It was also honored as one of Asia's Fab 50 Companies and among the World's Best Employers and World’s Top Female-Friendly Companies by Forbes. The company is also a two-time recipient of Gallup’s Exceptional Workplace Award, making it the only Philippine-based company to receive the distinction. 

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